Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3078: Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

  1. The historical development of the Soviet state, 1917-1991; competing interpretations of its political system and the causes of its collapse; its political, social, cultural and economic legacies in contemporary politics.
  2. Contemporary Russian politics; political-economic developments under President Putin after 2001; competing theoretical approaches to the contemporary Russian state.  
  3. A survey of politics in non-Russian, post-Soviet states, covering Ukraine, Belarus, the Southern Caucasus and Central Asia; theories of state-building, democratisation, political change, and conflict.
  4. The role of post-Soviet states and actors from the region in international relations, including the role of Russia in both regional and global politics.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities4422 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study88Preparing for seminars: Reading and research
Guided Independent Study168Completing assessment tasks: Reading, research and writing

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).